This recipe for blackberry cordial goes out to my late Grandma Beck who, when offered tea, coca-cola or water during a visit to my in-laws, famously replied, “No, thank you. But I’ll have a scotch on the rocks.”
She was in her late eighties at the time, but had an unapologetic fondness for good liquor for as long as I could recall. I think Grandma Beck would have loved this recipe, and even the anticipation of waiting for it to mature. As a country girl through and through, she would have also loved being outside while making it.
Backyard Blackberry Cordial
- 4 cups of fresh blackberries
- 2 cups sugar (I used raw cane sugar)
- 1 quart of vodka
Set up a table or working surface outside in an area with good sunlight. Clean the berries and place into a large, sterile glass jar.
Next, pour the sugar into the jar.
Finally, pour in the vodka.
And stir the ingredients.
Mark the lid with the date of your mixture, and then store in a dark, cool place. Shake the jar vigorously weekly.
After 6 – 8 weeks, strain and decant.
The cordial should be ready in time to serve for Memorial Day if you play your cards right. You can serve it straight, or mixed with club soda or sprite. You could even mix it with another liquor like brandy or rum. I bet it would be just divine drizzled over vanilla ice cream as well. Mercy!
Okay, so what to do while waiting for the mixture to mature into a delectable, inky treat? Get your garden in order, of course! This weekend I’m planting a blackberry bush (surprise, surprise), blueberries and a fig tree. Next weekend I’ll tackle the usual summer veggies and herbs.
What’s going on in your garden? Are you a fan of cordials and liqueurs? Who will you be thinking of this Memorial Day?
Update: Check out Blackberry Cordial: The Verdict to see how it turned out!